Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

Man verbally abuses black woman on Ryanair flight, sparks outrage

Ryanair issue statement on video of racial abuse incident on one of their planes ‘Ugly, black b******’: Passenger launches racist rant at woman on Ryanair flight (VIDEO)
Ginger Lawrence | 22 October, 2018, 03:07

The video, uploaded to social media by Briton David Lawrence, showed a man hurling racist insults at an elderly black woman sitting in the same row and demanding she move seats onboard a flight from Barcelona to London on Friday. A flight attendant eventually asked the woman if she wanted to move, and she went to sit with her daughter before the flight took off from Barcelona to London as scheduled.

"She's disabled, don't you dare shout at her", one woman can be heard saying at the start of the footage, when the incident was already underway. Another passenger, along with many who have viewed the video since then, questioned why the man was allowed to remain on the flight.

The daughter said she had taken her mother, who is a Windrush Generation migrant who came to the United Kingdom from Jamaica in the 1960s, on holiday to mark one year since the death of her father.

Even though a few passengers call for the man to be removed from the flight, flight attendants let him stay, only telling the man he is being "super rude" and asking him to calm down.

Passengers attempted to help the woman and her daughter, with many calling for him to be taken off the flight.

Another man can be heard saying "throw him off the flight".

Ryanair said the issue has been reported to police and they can not comment any further.

After a row over seating involving the woman's daughter, who was sat in another part of the plane, the man in the window seat can be seen loudly shouting at the elderly woman in the aisle seat of the row.

"My parents were married over 50 years".

"Flight attendant incapable of responding appropriately".

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Mrs Gayle's daughter told the Huffington Post her mother had "been feeling really down and depressed, so I thought the trip would raise her spirits".

Thousands of social media users have said they are outraged at the incident and it has been shared more than 22,000 times since it was posted by David Lawrence.

"I'm upset about the whole thing too - the fact that the passenger wasn't taken off the plane and how the situation was dealt with".

She added that cabin crew denied hearing racist slurs and told her to ring customer services on Monday.

A number of politicians voiced their concern at the incident. You will know the identity of the man and the level of training given to your staff'.

'However well done to passenger with black t-shirt that intervened £hero'.

In a short statement posted on Twitter Sunday morning, Ryanair wrote: "We are aware of this video and have reported this matter to Essex Police".

The report states that she was seated elsewhere after the altercation and that the incident was reported to police who are investigating.

"We are working closely with Ryanair and the Spanish authorities on the investigation".